In place of a government-run plan, originally designed as a way of forcing competition on private industry, officials said the Democrats had tentatively settled on a private insurance arrangement to be supervised by the federal agency that oversees the system through which lawmakers purchase coverage. Additionally, the tentative deal calls for Medicare to be opened to uninsured Americans beginning at age 55, a significant expansion of the large government health care program that currently serves the 65-and-over population.Answer Question
Answer by PsychMommie at 10:03 PM on Dec. 8, 2009
Answer by armywife43 at 10:03 PM on Dec. 8, 2009
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:12 PM on Dec. 8, 2009
Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:23 PM on Dec. 8, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 10:50 PM on Dec. 8, 2009
How many Republicans were a part of this closed door meeting of the Senate mind(less)? This deal requires those 55 and over to BUY into Medicare at subsidized rates( likely more than retirees age 65 and over.) which could hurt the already low reimbursement rates Dr's and hospitals get.
Sweet, you have used the AMA as an argument before (in support of government hc)... What do YOU think about: The American Medical Association said it opposes expanding Medicare because doctors face steep pay cuts under the program and many Medicare patients are struggling to find a doctor. Hospitals also said expanding Medicare and Medicaid is a bad idea.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:14 AM on Dec. 9, 2009
Answer by LoriKeet at 8:25 AM on Dec. 9, 2009
Also Sweet, there is no public option? Are you sure? Have you consulted with Harry Ried who says there still IS a public option?
Reid said reports the government-run “public option” had been dropped were “not true.”
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:35 AM on Dec. 9, 2009
The officials who described the details of the closed-door negotiations did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss them publicly. Several officials stressed that so far, Democrats had technically agreed only on submitting proposals to the Congressional Budget Office for their impact on the bill’s cost and other analysis.
Transparency you can believe in.... Compliments of Democrats.... Priceless.... Or shall I say Generational Theft?
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:37 AM on Dec. 9, 2009
Also Sweet, there is no public option? Are you sure? Have you consulted with Harry Ried who says there still IS a public option? Reid said reports the government-run “public option” had been dropped were “not true.”
Retract your claws, I SAID supposedly...and asked for your thoughts, WHY are you so nasty?
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:30 AM on Dec. 9, 2009